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Charles DickensOur Mutual Friend

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LibriVox recording of Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, in the public domain.


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Dickens’ last complete novel was published serially 1864-5. It begins with an intriguing fortune offered to John Harmon by his late father, a rich dust contractor, in his will.

To receive the money, John must marry a certain Bella Wilfer who he does not know from Eve. He is returning from the exile enforced by his father and confides in a ship’s mate who attempts to murder him. The mate gets killed instead, leaving one inconvenient corpse. Because John is considered dead (the body is found with his papers), the money passes to Mr Boffin, old Harmon’s foreman. Harmon adopts Bella and John comes into his employ disguised as John Rokesmith. Bella does not fall for John but through kindly Boffin’s contrivances learns to hate money and fall for her suitor under his false name. Eventually she learns of his true identity as the Boffins had previously, and the villainous one-legged Silas Wegg’s plot to blackmail Mr Boffin is brought to light.

There is also a story running behind the main plot about a certain Eugene Wrayburn and his love for Lizzie Hexam, and his rival’s attempt to murder him. The two plots are only really connected through the waterside murders but it allows Dickens to indulge in an extremely socially diverse cast of characters.

(Summary written by Alan Chant).

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Artist/Composer: Charles Dickens
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Book 1, Chapter 01 - On The Lookout 9.6 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 02 - The Man From Somewhere 25.7 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 03 - Another Man 27.6 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 04 - The R. Wilfer Family 24.9 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 05 - Boffin's Bower 41.5 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 06 - Cut Adrift 35.9 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 07 - Mr Wegg Looks After Himself 25.9 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 08 - Mr Boffin In Consultation 35.9 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 09 - Mr and Mrs Boffin in Consultation 40.0 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 10 - A Marriage Contract 30.2 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 11 - Podsnappery 37.0 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 12 - The Sweat of an Honest Man's Brow 36.2 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 13 - Tracking the Bird of Prey 20.3 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 14 - The Bird of Prey Brought Down 17.3 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 15 - Two New Servants 31.8 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 16 - Minders and Re-Minders 36.2 MB 
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Book 1, Chapter 17 - A Dismal Swamp 11.8 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 01 - Of an Educational Character 38.5 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 02 - The Man from Somewhere 23.3 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 03 - A Piece Of Work 20.2 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 04 - Cupid Prompted 22.6 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 05 - Mercury Prompting 35.3 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 06 - A Riddle Without An Answer 37.2 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 07 - In Which a Friendly Move is Originiated 21.5 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 08 - In Which An Innocent Elopement Occurs 37.0 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 09 - In Which The Orphan Makes His Will 19.4 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 10 - A Successor 16.5 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 11 - Some Affairs of the Heart 26.2 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 12 - More Birds of Prey 29.7 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 13 - A Solo and a Duett 38.4 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 14 - Strong of Purpose 31.6 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 15 - The Whole Case So Far 33.8 MB 
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Book 2, Chapter 16 - An Anniversary Occasion 25.1 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 01 - Lodgers in Queer Street 30.4 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 02 - A respected Friend in a New Aspect 21.0 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 03 - The Same Respected Friend In More Aspects Than One 16.4 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 04 - A Happy Return of the Day 27.5 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 05 - The Golden Dustman Falls into Bad Company 28.1 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 06 - The Golden Dustman Falls into Worse Company 30.5 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 07 - The Friendly Move Takes Up a Strong Position 27.0 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 08 - The End of a Long Journey 21.3 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 09 - Somebody Becomes the Subject of a Prediction 45.2 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 10 - Scouts Out 29.3 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 11 - In the Dark 23.2 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 12 - Meaning Mischief 24.9 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 13 - Give a Dog a Bad Name, and Hang Him 26.4 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 14 - Mr Wegg Prepares a Grindstone For Mr Boffin's Nose 36.6 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 15 - The Golden Dustman At His Worst 40.8 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 16 - The Feast of the Three Hobgoblins 43.1 MB 
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Book 3, Chapter 17 - A Social Chorus 25.3 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 01 - Setting Traps 32.2 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 02 - The Golden Dustman Rises a Little 20.4 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 03 - The Golden Dustman Sinks Again 27.9 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 04 - A Runaway Match 28.5 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 05 - Concerning The Mendicant's Bride 48.9 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 06 - A Cry For Help 29.4 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 07 - Better to be Abel than Cain 31.3 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 08 - A Few Grains of Pepper 27.8 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 09 - Two Places Vacated 23.8 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 10 - The Doll's Dressmaker Discovers A Word 15.0 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 11 - Effect Is Given To The Dolls' Dressmaker's Discovery 32.6 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 12 - The Passing Shadow 27.0 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 13 - Showing How The Golden Dustman Helped To Scatter Dust 29.1 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 14 - Checkmate to the Friendly Move 35.2 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 15 - What Was Caught In The Traps That Were Set 32.3 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 16 - Persons And Things In General 24.8 MB 
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Book 4, Chapter 17 - The Voice Of Society 6.6 KB 
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Book 5 - Postscript, In Lieu Of Preface 4.7 MB 
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Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 24, 2009
Subject: Great way to "read" Dickens
I have always thought it would be good to read Dickens. A friend recommended that I start with "Our Mutual Friend", but after several failed attempts, I finally decided to download it off of Librivox and instead try listening during my morning commute. What a joy!

I especially appreciate how several readers made a point to read chapters centering around a common characters. There are many excellent readings, including quite a few chapters by Alan Chant, Andy Minter and Ophelia Darcy. There were a few chapters were the quality of the reading, or the sound, was below par, but overall, it was an excellent introduction into the wonderfully drawn characters that make Dickens a master of British Literature.

reads us through Mr. Boffin. Andy Minter brings Mr. Wegg

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